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Neptune Energy ignites project with Alford Academy pupils

Neptune Energy ignites project with Alford Academy pupils

Calvin of Neptune Energy is standing to the left hand side of a large screen. A group of pupils are sitting listening to, and watching, his presentation.

S3 Chemistry pupils from Alford Academy are set to tackle an exciting project with Neptune Energy following a series of presentations from staff members during Scottish Careers Week (7-11 November 2022).

Pupils were visited by Neptune Energy’s geologist Calvin Roberts, metallurgist Bob Conder and communications advisor Jodie Kilminster. Each staff member outlined their career path and current job role, providing pupils with an insight into their backgrounds and day-to-day working life.

Calvin went on to talk about the geology of batteries, the use of lithium and associated environmental impacts. Bob’s presentation covered metals, alloys, corrosion and prevention, outlining why metals are useful for transport and how corrosion can be slowed or prevented. Jodie explained to the pupils how she helps Neptune Energy communicate with its internal and external audiences by managing the company’s website, social media channels and interactions with the media.

Having received some additional design and messaging tips from Jodie, pupils have been tasked with producing a poster to showcase the lessons learned from the presentations they heard during class. The finished results will be sent to Neptune Energy for feedback and review, with the best examples going on display at the company’s offices in Aberdeen.

“Having the opportunity to visit schools and share our knowledge is something we really value and we hope the students benefit from our support for their future careers.”JODIE KILMINSTER, COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR · NEPTUNE ENERGY

A group of pupils listening to a presentation from Jodie from Neptune Energy, who is standing at the front of the class.

Neptune Energy’s Communications Advisor, Jodie Kilminster, said: “We’re extremely passionate about supporting young people in our local community with mentorship, guidance, and advice. Having the opportunity to visit schools and share our knowledge is something we really value and we hope the students benefit from our support for their future careers.”

Stuart Cookson, Depute Head Teacher, Alford Academy was delighted to welcome the Neptune Energy team members to the school.

“We are so grateful to Neptune Energy for allowing Bob, Calvin and Jodie to come into Alford Academy to provide such fantastic lesson inputs to S3 chemistry pupils,” he said. “The sessions enabled pupils to understand how their learning at Alford Academy is transferable to future careers and the world of work.

“Feedback from the pupils has been really positive. They are looking forward to designing their posters to showcase what they learnt from Neptune Energy. Alford Academy is excited about furthering our relationship with Neptune Energy to continue to inspire and engage our pupils, who are the future workforce.”

Developing the Young Workforce director, Margo Milne, said: “This is an excellent example of contextualising classroom learning with the world of work – and exactly the sort of activity that we wish to celebrate during Scottish Careers Week.

“We are incredibly grateful to Neptune Energy for providing the pupils with such a meaningful experience. The follow-on activity is particularly important in terms of cementing the pupils’ understanding and I’m sure the poster challenge will produce some fantastic results.”

A group of pupils sitting in front of a large screen with a presentation. Bob from Neptune Energy is standing to the left hand side of the screen and pointing at it.

Scottish Careers Week runs from 7-11 November 2022. The initiative is led by Skills Development Scotland with the support of partners and employers, and focuses on all things skills, jobs and careers. Further information about Scottish Careers Week is available here.

NESCol Open Day – 3 December 2022

NESCol Open Day – 3 December 2022


Saturday 3 December, 10AM-2PM


We are opening the doors of our Aberdeen Altens, Aberdeen City, and Fraserburgh Campuses (where there will also be representatives from our Scottish Maritime Academy). Visitors will be able to explore our campuses, see our facilities, speak to curriculum teams and student support staff, and find out all they need to know about studying at NESCol.


We’ll also have representatives from our Part Time Learning team and our Schools team, and ambassadors from the University of Aberdeen and RGU on hand to discuss university progression pathways.


Registration for the event opens on Friday 11 November. Pupils can register on our website.

S5 Horizons – RGU Study skills, Exam preparation and Project Trust

S5 Horizons – RGU Study skills, Exam preparation and Project Trust

On Tuesday 22 March, Robert Gordon University delivered a workshop to the S5s on note taking and revision skills. This included identifying what type of learning style, what learning methods to use to be an effective learner as well as exam preparation tips. They also covered how to manage your mental wellbeing; what affects our mental health, what can we change and how we can find support. The pupils comments were:


Really helpful and in depth, I learned what learning style works best for me

It was interesting and useful

Very interactive session, good because of personal examples used

Helpful and informative


Project Trust also delivered a presentation on taking a gap year and volunteering with project trust overseas. Pupil comments were:


Great to hear about someone’s actual experience rather than an overview

I think what project trust is doing is amazing and I can’t wait to participate this year.

Definitely considering taking a gap year with project trust inspiring and informative

The presentation made me seriously consider going on a gap year with project trust. It seems like good life experience

The presentation I found really inspiring as it made me realise that there is maybe a good option of what to do after school as I still don’t know what I want to do after I leave school.     

National Qualification Easter Study Support -April 2022

National Qualification Easter Study Support -April 2022

Alford Academy pupils have an opportunity to register to sign up to live revision sessions in the Easter holidays. Please follow the link below if you are interested in attending these online revision sessions.


The e-Sgoil Easter Study Support programme runs between April 7th and April 14th, providing live interactive daytime webinars.

There will be eighty webinar groups covering sixty-six courses, ranging across levels from N4 through to N5, Higher and AH. Each group will meet for three different online sessions.

To view the full Easter Study Support timetable and find out how to register, follow the link to the Easter Study Support page HERE.

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

On Tuesday 1st March our senior pupils in S5 and S6 who will be leaving Alford Academy in summer 2022, were invited to take part in a practical session lead by our career advisor, to help write a CV in preparation for their future pathway.

The turn out was very good and pupils followed a step by step process to create their personal CV’s and covering letters.

The session was lead by Jemma Kinnaird, our Skills Development Scotland Career advisor and Aimee Maitland, our Developing the Young Workforce school coordinator.

After the session, pupils were equipped with an up to date CV ready for distributing to potential employers.

Pupils said:

“This was extremely helpful and informative and now I have a CV that I can use straight away and update regularly when I need to”.

“Very helpful and now I can write a CV. This helped me develop my personal CV and made me think of aspects to add to my CV that I wouldn’t have considered”.


Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Please see below if you are interested in apprenticeships within STEM subjects. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).


Apprentice Panel

Suitable for: Secondary school learners

Tuesday 8 March, 11.00 – 12.00, Teams Live

Hosted by school learners who are part of the Young STEM Leader Programme, where you will have the opportunity to hear from four STEM Ambassadors currently undertaking apprenticeships.  The Apprentices come from Dounreay, GE Caledonian, Graham Construction and Rolls Royce.  This is a great chance to learn more about apprenticeships, what they involve and the opportunities that are available.

Register here:

Aberdeen Articulation Week

Aberdeen Articulation Week

Articulation Week Parent and Guardian flyer

Aberdeen University are hosting an event to promote the routes to degree studies through articulation from HNC/D courses.

Aberdeen University have organised a 1 hour presentation and Q&A session for school pupils (in the senior phase) and their parents/guardians that will focus on Articulation – how it works and the opportunities that are available. This session will take place between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday the 25th of November.


Pupils and parents/guardians can sign up for the session at the following web link:

Book Week Scotland – Monday 16th November

Book Week Scotland – Monday 16th November

Below is the link to the Book Week Scotland author line-up of virtual pre-recorded talks.  This year the Library Service has decided to focus on crime authors (2 of which are journalists – non-fiction and fictions writers) as this is our most borrowed genre (over 150k titles borrowed in the last 18 months).


The link provides a brief introduction to the authors, their careers, links to their social media should anyone wish to follow etc. along with members of the library team reading excerpts from their books (these can be accessed now).


The actual talks will be released daily from Monday 16th November at 2.30pm each day on the Live Life at Home link (as per below).  Starting off with local author Eric R Davidson on the Monday, followed by Jane Eddie, SG MacLean, Douglas Skelton, Theresa Talbot and Carol Ramsay.  We also have local storyteller Jackie Ross telling 2 legends, these will be released on Sunday 22nd.


The talks will be remaining on the web page for the week of BWS and the following week too.

Alford Academy students who currently go to Nescol – update.

Alford Academy students who currently go to Nescol – update.

NESCOL – Update for students taking part in the school college link programme.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE WORK (DURING COVID-19): Information for Local Authorities, Teachers, & Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
Directed by evolving national guidance, North East Scotland College continues to take positive action to continue to deliver key services. Although face-to-face teaching was suspended on Monday 16th March, the delivery of teaching and support has moved on line. Whilst our campuses have closed to students, staff and visitors, the College’s work continues and we are committed to ensure that all our students stay connected to us and their peers, and that they continue to work with us during these very challenging circumstances.
All pupils have a College email account which they access by using their Student ID number. They can email their lecturers or the Schools Liaison Team if they have any questions about course work, their progress or if they wish support. If pupils do not know their Student ID number or password, the Schools Liaison Team can assist them if they email
Pupils are also able to communicate with their lecturers, access course materials and submit coursework and assessments through the use of Blackboard.
The link to blackboard –
Pupils sign in with their student and normal password.
For those that have not accessed Blackboard yet password support is available via this link –
It is important that you let us know if there are any pupils who may be struggling to access resources online due to data limitations or lack of access to a device. Contact the Schools Liaison Team ASAP on
Pupils can also access a range of support services relevant to their needs. For example:
IT Support: how to log in, how to save work securely, how to keep safe online etc..
Curriculum Support: digital learning hints & tips, finding the materials you need, understanding subject specific content, how to complete & submit
course work, how to engage effectively with others online, developing study skills, referencing, preparation for assessment etc..
Additional Support for Learning: we have curriculum and support staff who can arrange online support sessions tailored to individual need.
Next Steps Guidance and Advice: staff are available to discuss courses and funding options for our 20/21 intake.
Please contact the Schools Liaison Team on any of the above. Please encourage pupils to do the same.
Guidance and deadlines for completing course work are available on Blackboard. Despite the disruption to face-to-face teaching, staff remain committed to ensure pupils have every opportunity to complete their award. Although exams have been cancelled, assessments have not. It is very important that pupils complete their course work as this will be used by lecturers to evaluate performance. Pupils should check Blackboard for further details appropriate to their course.
Please be reassured that College staff are working continuously with all Awarding Bodies to agree a way forward to ensure a sound certification model for 2019/20. Further information will be provided once this model has been agreed.
We are still accepting and processing applications for all our full time and part time courses! Pupils interested in our full time offer should access our website for further information and details on how to apply
If pupils and/or parents or guardians are seeking help and advice about full time study options, they can access information from staff in our Student Advice Centre
For pupils who have already applied to one of our full time courses and have not heard from us yet – please be assured that we are on it! College staff are able to process applications remotely and applicants will get details on what happens next very soon. Face to face interviews will not take place. If an interview is essential, these will be completed online or by telephone.
For Full Time Exceptional Entry applicants, to avoid undue delay, applications are being processed without the customary consent forms being submitted at this moment in time. Relevant forms will be completed at a later date.
As a result of the exam diet being cancelled, where pupils have received a conditional offer based on the achievement of Highers/National 5s or similar, we will be accepting any close equivalents.
Applications for School College Links programmes will be dealt with as usual, via our School Links page on the website.
Applications for our Supported Learning Programmes can be downloaded from our website and submitted via email to the Schools Liaison Team.
We’ll be in touch! As valued partners, the College is keen to maintain and extend the successful delivery of school/College provision. We hope you have found the information above useful. All of us at NESCol are working hard to ensure no student is disadvantaged as a result of this difficult situation we all find ourselves in. PLEASE PASS IT ON TO PUPILS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS! PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH!

Nescol – College link courses

Nescol – College link courses

Nescol – Gallowgate and Altens

Dear Students,

Following the latest advice issued by the UK and Scottish governments this evening, NESCol can confirm additional measures in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 9am on Tuesday (March 17) face to face teaching at the College will be suspended. Alternative methods of delivery are being finalised. Students are not required to attend but premises will remain open to students until Friday (March 20) for those who require access.

Updates and guidance will continue to be provided by email to students and staff, through, College social media channels and MyNescol.

Pupils should attend school on Wednesday’s and follow their timetabled classes. Work for college should be carried out in study time and at home.

Please use the following guidelines in order to access work for college courses.


The link to blackboard –


They sign in with their student and normal password.


For those that have not accessed Blackboard their password would be initials and date of birth format:

WwDDMMYY example Ww050391

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